A Table for Three

by Cate on July 14, 2005

First and foremost, happy, happy birthday to my Mom! We love you!!

Babysitter couldn’t make it tonight (bummer!), so we all went out on the town together, hence the “table for three.” Ever since Chef Joanna mentioned iHop a few weeks ago, I’ve been dying to go and get their Stuffed French Toast. I love having breakfast for dinner and The Husband, not so much. At least at iHop (or any diner, really), I can get eggs at dinner and he can have what he wants. Along with the Stuffed French Toast, tonight I had a supreme craving for nachos. In my mind, I decided I didn’t feel like spending the extra money for an appetizer, but then The Husband, completely on his own, asked if I felt like getting nachos. Great minds think alike, and, of course, I quickly changed my mind.

A weird combination of food choices on our table for dinner. I got the Strawberry Stuffed French Toast combo, which comes with eggs, hashbrowns and bacon. I also ordered wheat toast (better for egg yolk mopping). Nicholas got their Chicken Finger dinner with fries, and a side kid’s funnel cake with strawberries. Then, the Nachos, of course. The Husband started with a burger with fries, ordering it medium rare. When it came, it was well done, and we called the waitress over and explained the problem. She said they can only make them medium or well done. I said that they should tell the customer that when they order, because he would have ordered something else. We got the burger exchanged for Steak and Eggs, the only way he’ll do breakfast at dinner.

Everything was delicious … except the nachos. Straight-from-the-bag chips, not enough cheese, no sour cream, store-bought guacamole … it definitely did not satisfy our nacho cravings, so we’ll be making some homemade ones this weekend. Those are the best, next to Macaroni Grill‘s special nachos made with fried lasagna noodles, asiago cheese, sausage and banana peppers.

Anyway…

Also on tap this weekend at some point will be breaking in my new deep fryer. If you have any tried-and-true deep fried recipes, send them on over!

Forgot to answer the foodie question yesterday. You know you’re a foodie when … (one answer for me is…) you have an entire shelf dedicated to just salts and peppers. Grey salt, fine sea salt, kosher salt, mixed peppercorns, pink peppercorns, black peppercorns, ground pepper, salt from a grinder, pepper from a grinder, etc., etc. And your answer? Fill in the blank: You know you’re a foodie when…

Tune in tomorrow to see what’s on tap for the weekend. Between the deep fryer, the nachos, and a birthday celebration on Sunday, there will be some definite overtime on the treadmill needed this weekend!!

Until then…

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Stephanie July 15, 2005 at 4:02 am

A favorite for me is a recipe for Obfel Pufers (or something like that…), from an old Pennsylvania Dutch cookbook my late Grampa owned. They’re fantastic!

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Anonymous July 16, 2005 at 2:42 am

I thought all restaurants refused to make hamburgers medium or less anymore.I thought that was regulated or something.

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Cate July 16, 2005 at 6:50 pm

Stephanie – never heard of Obtel Pufers. What are they?

Anon – most restaurants around here still make burgers/steaks medium rare. If they can’t, we’re absolutely fine with that, but then when the customer orders something they can’t make, they just need to say something, as opposed to taking the order that way, you know?

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Stephanie July 16, 2005 at 8:40 pm

Basically, apple fritters. The PA Dutch were very close to Amish…

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JoAnna July 17, 2005 at 7:47 pm

honey, just about anything you put in a deep fryer turns out good… sorry for your lousy ihop experience. but the husband should know. it’s call the int’l house of PANCAKES hich means youshould order the breakfast.!!! You wouldn’t go to KFC and order fish would you? (MEN!!)

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Cate July 18, 2005 at 2:48 pm

I agree, Joanna — men!

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